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softly-softly

  
  
careful, cautious, circumspect, delicate, discreet, gradual, tactful, tentative  
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softly-softly

  
   , softly, softly  
A softly-softly approach to something is cautious and patient and avoids direct action or force.  
  (BRIT)      adj   ADJ n  
...the government's softly, softly approach to the prison protest.     

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soft spot, soft, soften, sort out

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